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Mexico arrests fugitive leader of Knights Templar drug cartel
Mexico arrests fugitive leader of Knights Templar drug cartel

Longtime fugitive drug lord Servando “La Tuta” Gomez Martinez, founding commander of the notorious La Familia cartel, which controlled a large chunk of western Mexico and its booming methamphetamine industry, was captured by federal police early Friday, authorities said. Gomez and La Familia dominated the western agricultural state of Michoacan for years, morphing more recently into another cultlike organization calling itself the Knights Templar. He was the last of the group’s leaders still on the lam. A teacher by training, Gomez seemed to delight in recent months by releasing videos of his meetings -- in his not-so-secret hideout -- with local officials whom he...

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